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Keith Earls To Captain Ireland Against The Maori All Blacks

29 June 2022; Keith Earls of Ireland in action against TJ Perenara of Maori All Blacks during the match between the Maori All Blacks and Ireland at the FMG Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

By PJ Browne

Andy Farrell has named his Ireland team to face the Maori All Blacks in Wellington on Tuesday. It is the second game of the New Zealand tour against the Maoris. Ireland lost 32-17 in Hamilton.

The starting Ireland team sees three personnel changes from the side which lost 12 days ago. Michael Lowry and Stuart McCloskey come into the backline in place of James Hume and Bundee Aki.

Lowry will play at fullback with Jimmy O'Brien switching to the wing. Stuart McCloskey will play at inside centre, while Keith Earls will captain the team from 13. The other change is in the front row with Niall Scannell replacing Dave Heffernan.

On the bench, there are six players - Rob Herring, Finlay Bealham, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, and Mack Hansen - who were involved on Saturday as Ireland defeated the All Blacks for the first time on New Zealand soil.

Tuesday's game kicks off at 8:05am Irish time, and will be live on Sky Sports. It will be played in the shadow of this Saturday's third test between Ireland and the All Blacks with the series tied at one game each.

11 July 2022; Keith Earls during Ireland rugby squad training at Sky Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland team to play Maori All Blacks in Wellington

15. Michael Lowry
14. Jordan Larmour
13. Keith Earls (C)
12. Stuart McCloskey
11. Jimmy O’Brien
10. Ciaran Frawley
9. Craig Casey

1. Jeremy Loughman
2. Niall Scannell
3. Tom O’Toole
4. Joe McCarthy
5. Kieran Treadwell
6. Cian Prendergast
7. Nick Timoney
8. Gavin Coombes

Replacements
16. Rob Herring
17. Ed Byrne
18. Finlay Bealham
19. Ryan Baird
20. Jack Conan
21. Conor Murray
22. Joey Carbery
23. Mack Hansen

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